Warriors vs Jazz: Stephen Curry hit a crucial go-ahead three pointer with 51 seconds left as the Golden State Warriors defeated the Utah Jazz 106-103 Monday night to improve their spotless season record to 19-0.
The Warriors have now won 23 regular season games in succession, dating back to last season. They are 10 wins shy of 33-0 – the greatest streak in NBA history registered by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
After Curry’s go-ahead three, Rodney Hood responded by bringing the feisty Jazz to within one. After Curry missed a three, the Jazz had a golden opportunity to take the lead following Derrick Favors’ free throws. However, Hood missed a clutch 3 with five seconds left as the Warriors escaped Salt Lake with the win. “We’ve had some battles, and obviously, we’ve had some lopsided victories,” said Curry, who scored 10 of his 26 points in the final 6:20. “But what gets lost in the record is the tough games we’ve had to claw our way out of, like tonight. Just because we are 19-0 doesn’t mean we can just show up and blow teams out and guarantee a win. We actually have to do something about it,” added the reigning MVP.
Curry’s splash brother, Klay Thompson, added 20 points including four three-pointers. Draymond Green had another near triple-double effort with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.
Gordon Hayward and Favors led the Jazz with 24 and 23 points respectively. The Jazz proved why they are NBA’s elite defensive unit, finishing with 9 steals, while keeping Warriors to below 45% FG for most of the game. On the offensive end, they were boosted by Alec Burks’ 19 points off the bench.
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